WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Salvation Army is significantly behind in its fundraising goal this holiday season. There are only 10 days left to donate.
Larry Anderson has been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign for the last 10 years.
You may have seen him at the West Lafayette Walmart.
"I usually do it most days until Christmas," said Anderson.
He takes the job pretty seriously and always does it with a smile.
"It's a great feeling, especially when you see kids and you see people that you don't think we're going to give and they stop and give generously. It's just a great feeling. It warms your heart."
While Anderson is still donating his time this holiday season, there is a shortage of bell ringers. This means the Salvation Army is behind in its fundraising goal.
"We're about 40 percent to our goal. We have about 10 ringing days left. Our situation is pretty simple - if we can't raise the funds necessary to do what we need to do, we have to make cuts," said Lt. Steven Dahl.
Those cuts could affect the Salvation Army's services and staff.
"We are running on a pretty tight staff as is. So, unfortunately, if we don't have the budget to make it work services are usually is what has to be looked at," said Dahl.
Dahl and the bell ringers are hopeful they can play catch up in the next ten days.
"The reality is Lafayette and West Lafayette are always really generous with us and we don't expect that we won't make what we need to make throughout the year, but we would love to see our Christmas numbers a little higher at the beginning of our fiscal year," said Dahl.
As for Anderson, he isn't stopping anytime soon.
"I hope to do it for several years to come," said Anderson.
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